Liquid love: Cocktails to enhance your amorous efforts

Hearts of Pom (shown above)

Courtesy of Riazul Tequila

Makes one cocktail

"We recommend circumventing the usual suspects of cloyingly rich chocolate liqueur and cream-based Sex and the City era cocktails and reaching for something classic, with a festive twist," states the people from Riazul Tequila who made up this heart healthy drink.

2 oz Riazul Premium Silver tequila

1 oz pomegranate juice

1 oz Cointreau

1 oz fresh lime juice

1 pomegranate (optional)

1. Mix together ice, Riazul silver, pomegranate juice, Cointreau and lime juice into a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a glass.

2. Garnish with a few pomegranate seeds.

[image-1]The "Peligroso Sparkle in Your Eye"

Courtesy of Peligroso Tequila

2 parts Peligroso Anejo Tequila

1 part pina colada mix

2 parts orange juice

Freshly grated cinnamon

Cinnamon stick, for garnish

1. Pour all ingredients into a pint glass filled with ice.

2. Shake and serve in a tall rocks glass and add a cinnamon stick for a garnish.

Also, check out our resident mixologist's, Paul Abercrombie, post: Cocktails to make your Valentine swoon.

Chocolates, flowers and jewelry? I don't think so. Much like many other "Hallmark" holidays, Valentine's Day is really about the food and booze. The first big decision to make is where to dine (or what to cook), the second is what to drink and the third (for some) is what overpriced flowers and bling they'll be blowing their funds on.

Artisanal and handcrafted cocktails have been making a comeback in the food and drink world and would be a great addition to a Valentine's meal or anti-Valentine's Day soiree. And, since tequila happens to be my aqua vitae of choice, here are some fabulous cocktail recipes with tequila as the star ingredient to enhance your amorous efforts — or drown your singleton sorrows in.

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